Future Islands (turning point)

A bunch of seemingly misfit types from Baltimore, USA are very much in demand these days with their relentless touring and recording on the fly. Those early years of intensive ground work have finally started to pay off in the currency of popularity, quite rightly so. It is not just hard work and determination that is propelling these chaps into the realms of a more mainstream band. It just so happens that they are very good.

Every band needs a turning point and in the case of Future Islands that turning point came about during an appearance on the David Letterman show in 2014 (their first TV appearance).

The performance was nothing out of the ordinary to what would be a normal day at the office to these guys but it exposed their brand to a whole new audience whom otherwise had never heard of them. Crazy dancing to one side, what made the real cherry sit nicely on this cake just happened to be that lovely track “Seasons” from the album “Singles”.

The zany chest punching dance routine of vocalist Samuel T Herring could initially be overlooked as a gimmick, but soon you find yourself being sucked in, digging it, a bit of a “yeah, it looks a bit weird but I get it” eureka moment. From that point on, you’re hooked and start to notice the other cool things about this band. The bass player is holding a well knackered bass. The synth is parked on its flight case with a laptop for company. What I love about Future Islands is that rough and ready this is what you get feel that this band have. You know you are watching, well seasoned veterans and everything is second nature to them.

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Future Islands could serve a real purpose in delivering a message to all the mainstream manufactured trash out there. Watch this band, they are the real deal and this is how it should be.

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David Bowie’s passing statement from Kate Bush

There have been some loving touching statements from some of Bowie’s long time collaborators like Tony Visconti Brian Eno and from one of Bowie’s own musical hero’s Scott Walker but the statement that had the most affect on me was the one made by Kate Bush printed by the Guardian.

Kate Bush has paid tribute to David Bowie in a rare public statement printed by the Guardian this weekend. Read her remembrance below.
David Bowie had everything. He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically. He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him.
I’m struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be.
Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him.

BOWIE X

 

 

Elvis the debut album 1956

I am listening to Elvis’s first album on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl LP record released in 1956 that is 60 years ago.For many people this is the album that started it all although some cite Little Richard some Jerry Lee Lewis some Chuck Berry as being the spark that lit the flame in terms of popular appeal Elvis was the one that made the biggest commercial impact as soon as the needle touches down on the platter and the opening lines of Heartbreak Hotel jumps out at you you know you are listening to history.

elvis first LP

 

Suede new LP “Night Thoughts

The new Suede album “Night Thoughts” is truly magnificent ! a relentless collage of ambient guitar driven lyrically philosophical stream of consciousness. Just like a maturing fine wine Suede get better and better so who needs Coldplay and their embarrassing leader Chris Martin. Watching him hamming it up with Beyonce last night at the Super Bowl what an unpleasant spectacle.WE HAVE SUEDE we don’t need stylized U2 soundalikes like Coldplay. 20 years on from “Coming Up” (1996) always my favorite Suede album that record now has a rival. as the NME review states “it snubs consolidation and takes a daring, defiant leap into the unknown”